Hard Country (Kerney Family Trilogy Series #1)

Hard Country (Kerney Family Trilogy Series #1)

by Michael McGarrity
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Hard Country (Kerney Family Trilogy Series #1) by Michael McGarrity

A richly authentic epic adventure of rough-hewn men and courageous women, set in the hard country of the American Southwest frontier.

Hard Country is a rare and extraordinary story of one family’s struggle to settle and endure in the vast, untamed territory of New Mexico.

In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his brother on the West Texas plains, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murderous outlaws and a place where he can start over. He drifts south until he meets a man who offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory and forever changes his life.

Spanning the years of 1875 to 1918, Hard Country is the Western reinvented and enlarged into a saga that above all celebrates the people and the land of the great Southwest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451417145
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Kerney Family Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 99,316
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael McGarrity is the author of the Anthony Award-Nominated Tularosa and twelve additional bestselling novels including Mexican Hat, Serpent Gate, Hermit’s Peak, The Judas Judge, Under the Color of Law, Nothing But Trouble, and Death Song. A former Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he served as an instructor at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and as an investigator for the New Mexico Public Defender’s Office before turning to writing full-time. In 2004, he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – Literature.

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Hard Country 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!!! Outstanding!! Highly recommended!!! Wonderful!!! Great novel!! Great character development. Awesome saga!! Fascinating western!! Well worth my time and money. The novel includes: outlaws, gunmen, honerable men, horse thieves, Indians, lovely ladies, soiled doves, friends, prison, war, death, births, horses, cattle, a bear, meanness, kindness, forgiveness, love, and more. I will definitely read more books by Michael McGarrity. This novel deserves an A++++++++
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I absolutely love this book and have recommended it to others who enjoy reading about the "West." While reading, I really felt I knew these characters for who/what they were. Love this author.
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I'm a huge McGarrity fan -- have read all of his books set in New Mexico. This book goes back in time when settlers first started coming to New Mexico. Very well done!
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This book reminded me of books by Louis LaAmour. However, here we have more character development. I liked the accuracy displayed in the historical setting as well as the locations used in the development of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Couldn't put it down. Please, oh please have a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right from the start you understand the title. Hard Country indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LIKED IT VERY MUCH, BUT YOU DIDNT FINISH THE STORY. I ASSUME THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL. I SURE HOPE SO. IF SO-WHEN?
drtr More than 1 year ago
Gave a great review of what life experiences were in that era and showed the way progress helped and hindered different aspects of their lives.
PeggyBrooks More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I read a great book with a western setting. I came upon Hard Country during a browsing books session, and quickly read the review. I am not interested in "cowboy and indian" stories, but am tremendously interested in books about the old west. This seemed to be just the book I would enjoy. It was, and I did. I loved the book. McGarrity began the story immediately. The gist of the story began in the first couple of pages; there was no continual page turning before you began to understand where McGarrity was going with his plot. The major characters were quickly and firmly established. The surprise element of that part of the plot was magnificently developed. It was a bit difficult, however, keeping up with all of the outlaws woven into the story - not all were necessary. It was one of those books you need to keep pen and pad in hand to jot down minor characters as they appeared - a bit too many to keep in mind, which was a minor distraction along with locations of the story as it unfolded. My major criticism is McGarrity did not include a map of the New Mexico territory to help the reader orient themselves. Even being from New Mexico I had trouble identifying all locations in my mind. It was such a story that one finds themself caught up with the family as an unseen member. I loved reading this book, therefore it was hard for me to put down. However, the closer I came to the end the slower I read as I did not want the book to end. I hope Mr. McGarrity treats us to another of his stories very soon.
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LinLew More than 1 year ago
Great historical novel with lots of twist and turns. You won't be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living in the area that is being described it's easy to visualize the places being talked about but is also difficult to imagine the time it took to travel to the various areas in comparison to the times in these modern times.. McGarrity had to do a lot of research to detail the story so accurately and many of the names mentioned were known as we had heard them from the historians. He is an excellent author!!!
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SophieCA More than 1 year ago
McGarrity departs from his usual crime novels, to this historically accurate and compelling story of survival and redemption on the western frontier. The characters are believable and memorable. A week after finishing the book, I am still living with them and revisiting the story. It is especially great for anyone who enjoys good historical fiction.
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